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Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project


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3.26 | 20 ratings

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2 stars In my review of the debut RMP album ("For the Light", 2017) I suggested that it might have suffered from the understandable growing pains of a promising new act still finding it musical feet. Which is why the band's new live album should have been welcome news, as an opportunity to hear the quartet shed its studio inhibitions and (hopefully) grow together as a group on stage.

Unfortunately, these concert recordings either predate or were concurrent with the sessions for their first album, and the same neophyte shortcomings (compositional na´vetÚ; the occasional clunky performance) were only emphasized when performed without the camouflage of studio production cosmetics.

The good news here is the abundance of new material, a lot of it written on the spot: an indication perhaps of where future Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Projects might be heading. The not-so-good news is their collective lack of improvisational chops, at least in these excerpts (from three different gigs). Live music should always carry an element of risk, and a little imprecision only shows the genuine human heartbeat of a true musician, unafraid to expose his faults alongside his virtues. But the often sloppy jamming in the latter half of the album doesn't flatter the otherwise engaging talent on display, with the lead-footed drumming in particular acting not unlike a ship's anchor dragging on the musical sea bed (imagine Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, only more so...)

Some bands are at their best when performing without a safety net, but it might be too soon to include RMP among their ranks. The proof is in the album's closing track, still live but more effectively recorded in the controlled environment of a recording studio, and easily eclipsing all the Babooinumfest material preceding it. Like all of RMP's music the curtain closer is cinematically instrumental, highlighting Vladimir Mikhaylov's punchy bass guitar and some droning, dreamy synth and electric piano interplay, not far removed from the more atmospheric currents of Krautrock.

And the name of the song? "Forsake Me Not", a title I will certainly take to heart when the next RMP effort - hopefully another studio album - crosses my radar.

Neu!mann | 2/5 |


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